League of Legends LCS Decisive Matches for the Playoffs
At the end of this week, the names of the six North American teams advancing to the LCS playoffs will be known. Last weekend, four of them have secured a place in the decisive round and can consolidate their position in the remaining two matches. No team is yet eliminated, but Clutch Gaming and 100 Thieves are fighting an uphill battle and have only theoretical chances of securing a playoff berth.
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Four Teams Chase Two Playoff Spots this Weekend
Golden Guardians and Optic Gaming meet in the first decisive match of the weekend, with the former being slight favourites at Pinnacle with odds of 7/10. They need a single win to advance, as they are the only team out of the four playoffs contenders with seven victories. Golden Guardians will have another chance on Sunday evening against FlyQuest, but in that match, they will start with a second chance. Optic Gaming on the other hand can expect to win their last match of the season against 100 Thieves.
The other decisive match of the weekend is the one between Echo Fox and Counter Logic Gaming. This match looks like a coin flip and for good reasons, since the two teams are tied with six victories. Echo Fox are slight underdogs at odds of 9/10 with 22Bet and they have the daunting task of facing the leaders on Saturday. Given the schedule for this weekend, it is safe to conclude that Golden Guardians and Counter Logic Gaming are the most likely teams to advance to the playoffs.
Team Liquid, Cloud9, TSM and FlyQuest Clinch Playoffs
Team Liquid has virtually won the League of Legends LCS after amassing 14 victories in 16 matches. They only need one week to be certain of securing first place and they are favourites in the remaining matches. On Saturday, they play against Echo Fox who’re chasing the last playoffs spot and they get odds of 1/4 at ArcaneBet. The same bookmaker prices them at 1/2 on Sunday against Team Solo Mid. This is the last match of the regular season and in theory, the most exciting one since it pits the 1st place against the 3rd. Cloud9 and Team Solo Mid are fighting for the second place and the former are more likely to secure it, as they are favourites in both games. FlyQuest are also certain to join them in the playoffs.
Insurmountable odds for Clutch Gaming and 100 Thieves
100 Thieves are the last placed team and with only four victories, they must win both remaining matches and hope for the perfect turn of events in the other games. They are underdogs in games against Counter Logic Gaming with odds of 11/10 at Rivalry and also against Optic Gaming where they are priced at 13/10. These two teams are fighting for the last playoff spot and are motivated to win the last match.
Clutch Gaming are apparently in a better position, since they five wins this season and could qualify with back-to-back victories. Unfortunately for them, they play against two of the best League of Legends teams in the LCS. On Saturday, they play against Cloud9 and get odds of 33/10 at Esportsbetting to cause an upset, while also being underdogs against Team Solo Mid on Sunday evening.